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Darrell Porter of Kansas City (3-3) continued his remarkable comeback, driving in 10 runs to give him 18 in 50 at bats this season. The designated hitter's spree was particularly helpful to Larry Gura. Porter had five RBIs as Gura coasted past the Yankees 12-3, and his 10th-inning single made Gura a 2-1 winner over the Angels. Having had just two days' rest, Renie Martin became an emergency starter when Paul Splittorff came down with a bad back. Martin warmed up for 10 minutes and then fired six innings of one-hit, one-run ball as Kansas City beat New York 4-1. Royal pitchers weren't nearly as effective in their next two outings, giving up 28 hits and 22 walks while losing to the Yankees 16-3 and the Angels 11-1. California (2-2) also battered Cleveland, 13-7, as Dave Skaggs drove in five runs the day after he was purchased from Baltimore. But the Angels' offense will have to get along for approximately six weeks without Don Baylor, who suffered a broken left wrist.
Dave Roberts of Texas (3-3), starting at third base because Buddy Bell had a pinched nerve in his back, hit a grand slam to defeat Baltimore 6-3. Doc Medich's improved curveball made the White Sox look sick in a 5-1 win, making him 13-5 since last June 24.
Dartmouth alumnus Jim Beattie of Seattle (3-2) expounded on the vagaries of pitching, by saying, "It's becoming increasingly clear to me that in order for one to be a winning pitcher, his team has to score more runs than the other guys." Beattie earned his first two triumphs as his teammates scored enough to beat the Indians 9-4 and the White Sox 4-2. Rick Honeycutt's winning streak ended at six games in a 4-0 loss to Chicago, but, following Glenn Abbott's five-hit, 7-0 triumph over the Blue Jays, the Mariners' record was still seven games better than it was at the same stage last year.
OAK 19-14 CHI 19-15 KC 17-15 TEX 17-15 SEA 17-18 CAL 13-18 MINN 14-20
Larry Hisle of Milwaukee (3-3), who spent five seasons in Minnesota, and who, after moving to the Brewers, missed most of last year because of a bum shoulder, was given the Forgotten Man Award by the Twin Cities' baseball writers. That same day Hisle gave them plenty to remember him by—two homers as the Brewers prevailed 14-11. For the week Hisle hit .412 and drove in 10 runs. Further punch came from Paul Molitor, who stole three bases, drilled four doubles and raised his average to a league-leading .375 by batting .478.
Tommy John, Ruppert Jones and Reggie Jackson boosted the Yanks (4-2) into the division lead. John ran his record to 7-0 by beating Minnesota 5-0 and Texas 6-2. Jones had three RBIs in each of John's starts and eight overall. Jackson hit his eighth homer and, during Tom Underwood's 3-0 win over the Rangers, drove in two runs.
By staying in shape, Reliever Tom Burgmeier, 36, of Boston (5-2) continued to bend hitters out of shape. Burgmeier, who runs from five to eight miles a day and frequently works out on a Nautilus, lengthened his hit-less streak to 9? innings by retiring all 19 men he faced while recording two saves and a win. Fred Lynn hit for the cycle during a 10-5 conquest of the Twins, homered three times, drove in 10 runs and batted .545.
Dan Graham, a lefthanded-hitting catcher recently brought up from the minors, lifted Baltimore (2-3) out of the cellar with eight hits in 12 at bats, one of them a single that gave Mike Flanagan a 2-1 win in Detroit.